do form in some dogs and people when their mouths are
infected for many years.
cheek tumour due to poor oral hygiene for many years
grew and became infected. The young lady bought in the
dog for treatment. Old dogs are always high anaesthetic
risks and some vets do turn such cases away.
To ensure a good clinical outcome, the dog should be
given short anaesthesias. That meant dental
extraction first. 15 rotten teeth were extracted. Then
another anaesthetic to excise the tumour. This must be
clearly explained to the owner who might be thinking
that the vet is out to fleece her by doing two surgeries
instead of one.
There will be vets who do everything at one go. If the
old dog dies, then it is bad luck to the owner. After
all, she had signed the "Surgery Consent Form" and had
understood the risks. The owner still had to pay. But
death of an old companion on the operating would never
be forgotten or forgiven by the owner or family members.
In this case, the oral tumour is badly infected and
rotting. It would be foolish to try and excise it after
extraction of 15 rotten loose teeth. The wound would not
heal well and the outcome would be unsatisfactory.
The pictures of the case are below:
Large cheek tumour due to
poor oral hygiene for many
years. Oral tumours do form
in some dogs and people when
their mouths are infected
for many years. Annual
dental health screening is
Annual dental health screening is
advised. It is much cheaper to
prevent dental diseases and to get
your vet to remove oral tumours
than to wait for several years to
do it. It is much safer for your
dog too as a younger dog rarely
dies from general anaesthesia.